T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – March 15, 2021

March 15, 2021

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

“You can’t be what you can’t see, and it starts very young.” Our President & CEO Hattie Hill, recently spoke with Business Insider about the need for diversity at the top within corporations, and the importance these role models play in attracting a diverse, young talent pool.

In an uplifting interview, Hattie Hill, president and CEO of T.D. Jakes Foundation, sheds light on the remarkable history of Xernona Clayton, president and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation. Clayton, who has walked hand-in-hand with Civil Rights greats of the past and the present, offers unforgettable advice for finding your way, holding onto hope, and creating lasting joy through helping others. In her words, “If we all did a little bit, we’d all have a big bit to share.” Allow her timeless wisdom to infuse your soul and awaken the inner “great” in you.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation is proud to celebrate women leaders with Texas Women’s Foundation at the 42nd Annual Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration presented by AT&T. T.D. Jakes Foundation President & CEO Hattie Hill will be co-chairing with Jana Etheridge, Chief Customer Officer & Chief of Staff Financial Services at Capital One Financial Services. Join us in this celebration on April 29 at 10 AM. Tickets are only $42! Reserve your spot now!

The T.D. Jakes Foundation is honored to host a breakout session at the first International Leadership Summit (ILS) Virtual Experience, April
29-May 1, 2021. Presented by T.D. Jakes, ILS is an intensive training experience that equips you and your team with in-depth strategies and direction to execute your vision with precision and clarity. Invest in your teams, mentees, friends, or family members when you bring your plus-9 with you to the top as an ILS registrant — at no additional cost! Leaders, your elevation awaits. Register now.

COVID-19 News

In partnership with Walmart, the Dallas Independent School District has secured more than 1,000 shots exclusively for Dallas ISD staff to receive a vaccine on Sat., March 20, or Sun., March 21. Dallas ISD staff can begin booking appointments for the special Walmart vaccination event on Tues., March 16. Visit Dallas ISD’s News Hub to find out how to register.

As vaccines continue to be shipped to providers across Texas, WFAA has put together a list of providers within North Texas that will alert residents once they are eligible to become vaccinated. Read the full list of resources here.

In President Biden’s very first primetime address last week, he set July 4 as a goal for when we could expect to “get closer to normal” in reopening the country. To reach that goal, President Biden said he would direct states to make all American adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. Read the full story via CBS News.

The Franklin Institute announced Kizzmekia Corbett, an immunologist at the National Institutes of Health, the winner of a new NextGen award, which aims to recognize innovation by scientists early in their career. Corbett began working on a coronavirus vaccine six years before the pandemic took place, as two new coronaviruses had jumped from animals to humans since 2002, and Corbett wanted to be ready in case of a third. Due to her and her colleagues’ extensive preparation and research, millions of people have received the vaccine. T.D. Jakes sat down with Corbett for a conversation on vaccine trust and safety. Read more on the story via The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Professional services firm STEMconnector has released the first installment in a yearly report “The State of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in STEM: 2021,” as a part of its commitment to creating greater awareness and adoption for DEI in STEM. This report attempts to quantify the current state of DEI in the STEM workforce by offering supporting data that examines diversity statistics, as well as the business case for DEI. The first installment focuses primarily on gender, racial and ethnic diversity data. Future reports will look at other aspects of diversity such as age, (dis)ability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and more. Visit STEMconnector to download the full report.

Together, we can and will get through this.


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